Older Americans Month 2022


May is Older Americans Month and this year Copper Country Senior Meals is celebrating with a special podcast series and a crowdfunding effort aimed to help improve our meal delivery service!

What is Older Americans Month?

Older Americans Month started in 1963 in a collaboration between President John F. Kennedy and the National Council of Senior Citizens. Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since Kennedy has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs, and other such activities. 

Support CCSM Equipment Updates

Each day, hundreds of older residents of Michigan’s Copper Country are served by Copper Country Senior Meals with delicious, nutritious and home-cooked meals. While we love to focus on Copper Country Senior Meals motto as being “more than a meal,” ultimately the meal portion is vital. To help make sure that the meal is as good as it can possibly be, Copper Country Senior Meals needs hot bags and coolers. Those are expensive pieces of equipment for the non-profit organization.

As part of Older Americans Month, we’re hoping you will show your support for our community’s older residents by donating money to help us upgrade equipment to deliver their food. 

Equipment Needed

  • 15 Lightweight Coolers with Handles ($155 each)
  • 8 Hot Bags ($360 each)
  • $5,205 Total

CCSM Older Americans Month Podcast Series

This podcast series is being done in conjunction with Portage Health Foundation Podcast. It can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts by searching for “PHF Podcast.” 

Episode 1: Overview of Copper Country Senior Meals

Executive Director Kathleen Harter will give an overview of what Copper Country Senior Meals is and how it helps older residents of Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Listen now

Episode 2: Cooking up Joy and Kindness

We’ll stop by the main kitchen for Copper Country Senior Meals in Hancock to meet the staff who make the delicious and nutritious meals each day. In total, our staff made more than 86,000 meals in 2021! Listen now.

Episode 3: Delivering Joy and Kindness

We’ll be hitting the road for this episode with the one and only Keith Zerbst – one of our many amazing drivers. We’ll hear what motivates him and hopefully meet a couple of the seniors along his route. Listen now.

Episode 4: Better Together

We’ll finish off the series with a visit to the Congregate Meal Site in Calumet where a group of older residents get together five days a week to share a meal and enjoy each other’s company. Listen now


Questions? Contact us!

Thanks for your interest in CCSM and our Older Americans Month celebration. Whatever questions you have, we’ll work with you to find the answers!